HORNUNG-MAQUA, PETER MICHAEL
At the age of 55, of pain and sorrow from injuries and life-long complications from a motor vehicle accident. Friend and former soulmate of Gabriella Doleske. Loving father of Shaiyela Leslie Doleske Hornung and Skye Dawn Doleske Hornung (Adam Blais). Brother of Lynne Saunders (Dave). Uncle of Steve Saunders, Leslie Bedard (Rob), James Doleske, and Adrian Jukna. Dear friend of Sandra, Kathy and Brian. Cherished friend of many in Garden River, ON and Marquette, MI, as well as numerous other cities in Canada, the United States and Europe. Mentor and coffee buddy of many youth. Peter led an interesting and challenging life - adopted at birth, rebellious youth, spent a year in Africa after the death of his parents when he was17. In his early twenties, he married and moved to Lac La Croix, a fly-in reserve in northern Ontario. Adopted by the Band, Peter became an OPP officer at the request of the community, in order to assist them in their efforts to become alcohol free. He did the same on a second reserve a few years later. Upon leaving the OPP, Peter hitchhiked across Canada with his girlfriend Joanne. In 1979, they suffered a fatal car accident in British Columbia. Peter credits his miraculous return to life to the doctor who took extraordinary measures to revive him at the scene and to his deep faith in Native traditions. Peter spent the next three years in and out of Vancouver General Hospital and the remainder of his years in and out of Sault Area Hospitals. Special thanks to Dr. Rossi and Judith Virta for their unwavering care. Interspersed with the hardships were periods of unbelievable joy, creativity, and adventure. In 1982, he married Gabi and they had two very loved girls. From 1989-1991, Peter’s art installation “Creation Cycle” received acclaim in Ontario, Michigan, Florida and Hungary. He was a two-time Canada Council B Grant Award winner. In the 90’s, he found and met his biological mother, Earla, along with many half-brothers and sisters. Peter was also primarily responsible for the creation of an All Peoples Community, Kabe Migiziug, in Marquette, MI where ceremonies have been held four times a year for the past ten plus years. Peter will be fondly remembered for his generosity, creativity, and ability to withstand pain and adversity. He was an advocate for many who suffered addictions, mental illness, depression, and chronic health issues. He will be sorely missed. A four-day fire is being held in Marquette, MI. Visitation at the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Sunday, August 13, 2006 from 6-9 pm. Funeral service in the chapel on Monday, August 14, 2006 at 1 pm. Mrs. Helen Smith and Wilbur and Marlene Pine officiating. Cremation to follow. Donations to a fund for his daughters, or support for an artist or mental health program of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family.
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